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How to Eat More Vegetables and Not Get Totally Sick of Them! #FarmstandGreen

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tropicana Farmstand for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. One of the best things we can do for our health is to eat a rainbow of foods every single day. That doesn't mean you should grab your box of artificially flavored breakfast cereal and call it a win! When I say 'eat a rainbow' I mean a rainbow of all natural foods that God (or Mother Nature or just pure Dumb Luck) created! Brightly colored fruits and vegetables contain an amazing array of nutrients and not just vitamins and minerals. … [Read more...]

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Medicine Cabinet

Spring Cleaning your medicine cabinet

Despite the deplorable weather, I can assure you that spring really is on it's way!  Here in Georgia, I already have trees forming tiny buds, daffodils blooming, and bluebirds checking out our bird houses.  With the warmer weather comes an inherent need to clean my house.  Spring cleaning has begun and I am sorting unwanted things for a garage sale, Goodwill donation, or the trash can.  If you have started your own spring cleaning, you will understand what an amazing feeling it is to look at a room and just SEE that it is clean.  However, there … [Read more...]

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How to Detoxify the Body Every Day and Why You Need To

How to Detox Your Body Every Day

I like to think that I live a fairly healthy life.  I eat lots of organic food, drink plenty of water, and use mostly natural products on my skin and body.  But, I also live in metro Atlanta which means that I am inhaling a scary cocktail of pollutants in the air I breath every single day.  Not to mention the fact that the water I drink comes from some pretty questionable sources, even if I do have a filter system.  Lately I have been researching how to detoxify the body and many of these detox programs seem rather extreme.  I don't think I can … [Read more...]

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Learn What to Pack in Your Gym Bag Along with V8 Protein!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of V8 Protein for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Like many people, I made a pledge to myself that this year I would be eating healthier and getting more exercise. The eating healthier has been pretty easy but making myself exercise more has been a hard sell. Oh, I spend 20 minutes or so in the morning on the rowing machine and try to go for a walk several nights a week but I really need to start pushing myself more. A good, hard workout a few times a week needs to become more of a priority. … [Read more...]

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Help Provide Quality Healthcare to Expectant Mothers with Kangu!

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Before I moved to Atlanta and had children,  I worked in a laboratory doing cancer research for Texas Children's Hospital.  It was a challenging yet rewarding job.  We struggled to understand how cancer works and researched ways that bone marrow transplants could help cure this horrible disease.  While I spent much of my time in the laboratory, we often made trips over to the children's hospital for sample delivery or retrieval.  Those days were particular difficult for me....seeing children suffering from devastating diseases is never easy.  … [Read more...]

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Use These 10 Essential Oils to Strengthen the Immune System

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For the last few months, it seems like everyone is running around like a chicken with it's head cut off freaking out about disease.  Whether they're worried about Ebola, the flu or the recent measles outbreak, everyone is paranoid about getting sick.  I get it...I really do!  We live in a very global society and disease can spread rapidly.  We can't isolate ourselves in an effort to stay healthy.  We have no choice but to go to work, school, and even that cesspool we call the doctor's office.  So, how do we make sure our immune system is up to … [Read more...]

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Do These 10 Things When You Feel a Cold Coming On

Do these 10 Things when you feel a cold coming on

We have been fairly lucky this year in terms of illness.  My son and I had some sinus issues in the fall due to our allergies but other than that, no one has been sick.  I had hopes that our home would continue to stay healthy til spring allergies rolled around but, of course, that was too much to ask.  4 days ago my son tells me his throat hurts....my first response was to feel his forehead for a fever which was not present.  So, what to do next?  When you feel a cold coming on, what are the first things you need to do?  I have a list of … [Read more...]

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Bone Broth: Health Benefits and How to Make it

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If you always have your eye on the latest health trends, no doubt you have come across a discussion about bone broth.  This morning there was a segment on the Today Show all about the health benefits of bone broth and how to make it.  I was surprised because I have been making bone broth ever since I can remember...really it is just a fancy word for homemade stock made with the bones of an animal.  I used to work with an Asian woman who drank bone broth for her entire pregnancy.  Apparently this was encouraged for the health of both mother and … [Read more...]

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Setting Realistic Health Goals for the New Year

Health Goals for 2015

With the new year comes a renewed determination among many people to eat more vegetables, exercise more, stop smoking, or give up sweets.  Health goals seem to pop up every January but by April we have slid back into our bad habits.  When I was younger my father smoked.  He went from smoking a pipe when I was very young to smoking cigarettes by the time I was in highschool.  I remember a collection of ashtrays all over the house and asking for my parents to please roll down the window in the car because I hated the smell of smoke.  My mom has … [Read more...]

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How to Provide Natural Immune Support for Your Family

How to Boost Immunity Naturally

This post about Natural Immune Support is part of  an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. The moment my kids go back to school in September we start having to worry about what sort of germs they will be bringing home with them.  Even as teenagers they frequently catch colds and other nasty things from their peers.  Those school buses are a cesspool of infestation! Germs are everywhere and I don't really worry about sterilizing … [Read more...]

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Ginger Detox Bath: Sweat those toxins out!

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Over the last few years I have had to deal with chronic pain that is incredibly frustrating.  According to the dozens of doctors I have seen there is nothing 'technically' wrong with me.  Except that I hurt.  All. The. Time.  My neck hurts, I get random muscle spasms, my feet ache...it is incredibly frustrating.  They just tell me to take Advil and a muscle relaxer and get used to it.  Really not a huge fan of the medical community at this point and for years I have been using an assortment of natural and holistic remedies to deal with my pain. … [Read more...]

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Natural Ways to Achieve Healthy Hair

Tips for Naturally Healthy Hair

This post about healthy hair has been sponsored by Hairfinity and Tapinfluence but all opinions expressed are my own. Healthy hair is a struggle I think alot of women deal with. Our environment is full of pollutants and our diets lacking in vital nutrients. We spray, curl, flatten, and otherwise torture out hair in an effort to look our best. As a result, we are often left with hair that is anything BUT healthy.  So, what is a girl to do when she wants healthy hair but is battling age, sun, chlorine pools and a variety of other hair … [Read more...]

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8 Things We Need to Teach our Kids about Food

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This post about things we need to teach our kids has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. Last week I took my children to the grocery store to shop for a church service project. The goal was to provide a Thanksgiving Day feast in a box for our local food pantry. We were provided a list of items that we were to buy so there was really no creativity or substitution allowed. As expected, the list of foods contained things like 'instant potatoes' and 'canned gravy'.  My daughter asked why we were buying all these processed … [Read more...]

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Skip the Cafeteria’s School Lunch and Start #LunchingAwesome with Applegate!

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This school lunch post has been brought to you by TapInfluence and Applegate but all opinions expressed here are my own. My children have always hated the food offered through the school lunch program. The grilled cheese is soggy, the canned green beans are squishy and many of the offerings are not readily identified as food. Needless to say, they don't buy school lunch very often. What does that mean for me? Basically, it means that I am awake every morning at 5 AM packing three lunches...every sing day (two kids, one husband...they eat a … [Read more...]

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Sick of Reading Glasses? Try Multi-Focal Contact Lenses! #goodbyereaders

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This post about reading glasses is part of a Vibrant Influencer network campaign for Bausch + Lomb. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Bausch + Lomb and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. When I was a kid,  I was luck enough to have perfect vision. Considering my entire family wore glasses, I was more than a little bit excited about this. The older I got, though, the harder it was for me to see things like my insurance card or the menu at the … [Read more...]

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How to Save Money at the Pharmacy

How to Save Money at the Pharmacy

I spent almost 15 years working in a retail pharmacy and it broke my heart every time someone told me they couldn't afford their medications  Healthcare is so very important but there are many people that struggle with rising medical bills and are looking for any way they can to save money at the pharmacy.  Medications are not generally cheap but there are a lot of ways that you can cut your pharmacy bills.  If you find yourself spending a fortune for your medicine every month, here are just a few ways that you can start saving a little bit of … [Read more...]

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Sponsored: Healthier Eating the Swedish Way!

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This post about healthier eating has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. There are a lot of things I think America is really good at however healthier eating really isn't one of them.  We have people who inhale light yogurt full of artificial sweeteners and fake colors and call it healthy.  People join weight loss programs where packaged, processed food is delivered to your door and they think they are getting healthier.  Many Americans consider French Fries to be a vegetable.  I think we need to look to other … [Read more...]

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Youth Sports: Surviving a season of Chaos! #PlayItHealthy

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This post about youth sports has been sponsored by MinuteClinic but all opinions expressed here are my own. My children have been involved in  youth sports in some way, shape or form ever since they were about 4 years old.  They did a few seasons of soccer, swam on the neighborhood swim team, play tennis, do gymnastics and are just all around active kids.  There is a certain culture to youth sports.  You have an interesting mix of both children AND adults on these teams and if you don't do a bit of planning and organizing, things do not … [Read more...]

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Portable Protein for on the go Workout Snacking #SilkAlmondBlends

Portable Protein Sources for Athletes

This post about portable protein has been brought to you by Silk and Tapinfluence but all opinions expressed here are my own. We are a very active family and all of us have our own personal workout regimes.  Depending on the day, you will find various family members at the gym, on the tennis courts, running a 10K, or doing gymnastics in the back yard.  Staying active keeps us in good health but it also means appetites soar, especially when the weather is nice.  Good nutrition is important for everyone but athletes need to really make sure … [Read more...]